30 Jul – One of the oldest cinemas in the country, Odeon Penang at upper Penang Road will be closed permanently on 31 July 2014.
Build in the early 20th Century, the standalone single hall Odeon Penang or also known as Iswaria Veenai Odeon Cinema, is located at the Upper Penang Road had has been around since the British occupation in Penang.
It was one of the few remaining cinemas in the nation which screens only mainstream Hindi and Tamil movies to cater to the niche crowd of Indian cinema fans.
First known as Lyric and then King's Theatre before it got the name Odeon. The location in the 1970s played host to the screening of Chinese movies.
With the Odeon cinema ceasing operations, there are now 6 cinemas in Penang island dominated by key cinema players like Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC Queensbay and GSC Gurney), TGV Cinemas (TGV 1st Avenue and TGV Gurney Paragon), and Lotus Five Star cinemas (LFS Bukit Jambul and LFS Prangin Mall).